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Not everything is done: International Women’s Day

Thousands of actions are underway across the world that claim that gender equality still hasn’t been achieved in the 21stC. In Newcastle one such debate has been organised. Date: 8th of March.


During the french revolution, the parisian women raised their voices in defence of their rights. The work of the french painter Eugene Delacroix, ‘Liberty guiding the people’, is the best dramatization.

They demanded liberty, equality and solidarity in a time where the female gender was on the edge of public decisions. They had neither voice not vote, but their pacific struggle had a great result, the female vote.

Since this work by Delacroix, the protection of the rights and liberties of women have achieved greater status around the world. But despite this, many women still suffer inequalities based on their gender.

In India women continue to be considered a simple object. According to Vicente Ferrer Foundation, ‘80% of marriages the Asian country are arranged’, meaning, it is the parents that choose the husband.

But there is no need to travel far to find imbalances. The Organisation for the Cooperation and Economic Development warns that the current austerity measures, which many countries are applying, are putting barriers on the ‘progress towards gender equality in work’.

In the United Kingdom, according to figures from the International Organisation,  british mothers assign 65% of their salary to the care of their children and are forced to reduce working hours, which accentuates the salary difference between women and men.

But every year there is one day which all of the victories are celebrated. Much has been done in the area of justice, rights and development in favour of women but big goals still remain.

To mark International Women’s Day a plethora of acts will take place across the world to debate and evaluate the situation.  One of these will be in the British city of Newcastle the coming 8th of March.

Under the motto, ‘Women, human rights and the globalisation of resistance: Inspiration & culture in times of crises’. Different speakers will bring topics to the table and debate how the economic crisis cannot harm the development of women.

Among the participants are: Alfamir Castillo Bermúdez, General Secretary of the ‘Women Sugarcane Cutters Comitee’ of Columbia; Rafeer Ziadah, Palestinian poet and activist, and; Calre Williams from the NTUC Women’s group.

Their experiences and personal stories will highlight the hard work of global acceptance, where once again liberty and equality will be bet between male and female genders.

2012 was a year dedicated to rural women for their contribution to the development of their countries and under the motto ‘Empower women of the countryside, end hunger and poverty’.

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(Translated by Adam Brown – Email:

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